Retired Steelworkers Donate to Monongahela Valley Hospital

(April 21, 2021 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Members of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) from the former Wheeling-Pitt sites in Allenport and Monessen, Pa. made a $250 gift to Monongahela Valley Hospital in appreciation of the hospital's vaccination effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift was presented during the group's monthly meeting attended by Louis J. Panza, President and CEO, Melissa Marion, director of the Monongahela Valley Hospital Foundation and Lauren Kifer, community relations coordinator.

In early January, Richard Senko of Monessen, acting president of the local SOCAR, reached out to Mrs. Kifer for information on how to help get the group's members vaccinated. Mrs. Kifer was able to schedule them for appointments in mid-February. Approximately 50 members of the group went to the Monongahela Fire Hall for their vaccinations.

Richard Senko expressed gratitude toward MVH for their work to vaccinate the community.

"I called Lauren about six or seven months ago before the shots were even available. We're all older and high risk and it's important for people our age to get it. When she called and said, 'Rich, I have good news'. Can you imagine how it was for the members? Some were signed up on so many wait lists and couldn't get shots anywhere or got calls for places far away. How many lives has the hospital saved? Thank you is only two words, but what else can you say? It doesn't seem like enough so I just keep repeating it," said Senko.

Retired Steelworkers Donate to Monongahela Valley Hospital photo
(from left to right) Richard Senko, acting SOAR president; Melissa Marion, director of The Monongahela Valley Hospital Foundation; Lauren Kifer, community relations coordinator; and Louis J. Panza Jr., president and CEO of MVH pose holding a $250 check donated by the SOAR group to Monongahela Valley Hospital in appreciation of their vaccination of the mid-Monongahela Valley area residents against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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